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03/08/2019
This isn’t another swipe at the Union Parish Police Jury and its efforts to collect solid waste. This space has — and will likely again — be completely dedicated to that subject. We’re scatter shooting today, throwing a few things out there for...
03/07/2019
Registration for 4-H summer camp began February 20 for all fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Because 4-H Summer Camp is one of the most important events that 4-H offers for youth, planning has to start early. The camp is held at the LSU AgCenter’...
03/07/2019
I’ve said a couple times in my columns that I try not to publicize many stances I take on questions of political policy because I don’t pretend to be the most knowledgeable or secure in those stances. In a similar spirit, when ex-Trump lawyer...
03/06/2019
Eight years ago today, I stuffed my few belongings in my gym bag, left my friend Mary Ann’s house and went home. Home was just as I’d left it six days earlier. But I wasn’t. I was a statistic. First, as one of 60,920 new cases of renal cell...
03/06/2019
I’ve always enjoyed the fresh flowers in bloom and the new growth that spring brings. All the birds come out after winter roosting from their snug little spots. They sing and dance in the treetops. Typically my boyfriend and I do not celebrate...
03/05/2019
You hear a lot these days about photos taken and things said years ago that are now coming back to “haunt” people. Ears and eyes are everywhere nowadays. This doesn’t mean you should be paranoid. It means that you need to be conscientious about...
03/05/2019
Is middle school a mystery to you? For many it is. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to share what you can expect to see in a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classroom across the Lincoln Parish School District. For many of us, classroom...
03/05/2019
Happy Mardi Gras! And also, Happy New Year’s Resolution Pondering Day. Or perhaps we should call it Happy New Year’s Resolution Reinstituting Day. OK, I dreamed up those last two “days” myself, but in light of what I’ve written in two other “...
03/02/2019
When viewing socialism from the outside looking in, the style of government can be attractive. Everything is provided by the government. The only thing that a person has to do is go to work. Everyone is equal and the sky is blue, the birds are...
03/02/2019
“The big bass drum led the big parade, All on a Mardi Gras Day” — Traditional Mardi Gras song My blood runs in multiple colors. Like the black and gold of the New Orleans and Grambling State, and the red and blue of Louisiana Tech. But this time of...
03/02/2019
International Women’s Day will be observed on March 8. Around the world, special events will celebrate the cultural, social, political and economic achievements of women. However, this last area — economic progress — is one that still causes concern...
03/02/2019
If you’re about to walk down the aisle a second time and thinking about the finances of remarrying, you may want to consider the following steps to get your new life off on the right financial footing: 1.) Put all of your financial cards on the...
03/02/2019
Question: I would love to start my own business, but I am frankly scared that I’ll just become another statistic. But it’s one of those things that if I don’t do it, I’m afraid I’ll regret it all my life. Answer: Fear is an emotional early warning...
03/01/2019
I may be a bit biased, but I believe women are such special creatures, and we are fortunate enough to live in an age and country where we have the power to be exactly who and what we want to be. We can be homemakers, business moguls or a...
03/01/2019
For three years in high school, I put myself in position each summer to be both loved and hated, and I got paid for doing it. Reflecting on that just now, it could have been a precursor for what I do for a living today. One time a man that was...
02/28/2019
Sometimes when I write a column about an issue or cover something for the paper, I already have a strong personal opinion on the topic (which, to the best of my ability, doesn’t affect my news reporting). More often, as a young guy, I either have a...
02/27/2019
At approximately 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 5, Louisiana Tech University Police received a report of a burglary at Mitchell Dormitory. Among the items taken was a backpack containing the spare key to the resident’s Ford F150 that was parked in a university...
02/26/2019
“Wish I was back on the bayou. Rollin with some Cajun queen. Wishin’ I were a fast freight train, Just a chooglin’ on down to New Orleans.” Not sure what “chooglin” means, but it sure sounds like fun. John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival...
02/26/2019
A friend of mine named Scott shared an absolutely brilliant thought with me when I dropped in on him unannounced at his workplace, a bank, the other day. Everyone thinks all I want to talk about is parenting, like, you know, police only want to talk...
02/23/2019
Let’s face it, 4,500 years is a long time no matter how you think about it. That accounts for my amazement about a picture the Daily Leader ran in our Valentine’s Day edition on Feb. 14. The previous Sunday Temple Baptist Church had taken a picture...